Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine







Dr. Gretchen Baumgardt M.A.C.D. Program Director




The Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine (M.A.C.D.) program is designed for those who seek to enhance their appreciation of the Christian faith and its relationship with their personal and professional endeavors. Our goal is to offer students a transformative education so that they can help transform the world around us all, truly to become men and women for others.

The M.A.C.D. curriculum acquaints students with Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant religious doctrines and practices. Marquette's Catholic, Jesuit tradition provides the foundation for the program's educational content and objectives.

Who Is the Program For?

The M.A.C.D. program attracts students from a variety of backgrounds, including teachers of religious studies, physicians, lawyers, business people, diocesan and parish employees, those pursuing second careers as church lay officers, and those interested in personal theological enrichment.

Online or On Campus

The M.A.C.D. program can be completed entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus coursework in conjunction with our M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Both options feature courses taught by Marquette faculty members. Please see our course projections for a schedule of recent and upcoming offerings.

Program Requirements and Learning Outcomes

The M.A.C.D. program requires thirty credit hours of coursework, or ten courses. Seven of those courses must be the following core courses:

The remeaning three courses are electives, which the student may choose from any of the department's graduate-level course offerings. After successfully completing all of his or her coursework, the student must write a comprehensive paper integrating what he or she has learned in his or her coursework and applying it to his or her personal and/or vocational goals. Please see our departmental policies and procedures for further information on the program's curricular requirements.

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Admission Requirements

In addition, applicants should possess some familiarity with the Christian Scriptures and basic Christian doctrines.

Scholarship Aid

Partial tuition scholarships are available to qualified students, including scholarships exclusively for local Catholic school teachers or those planning to teach in Catholic schools or parishes. See our financial aid page for further information.

Be Enriched. Be Fulfilled. Be Transformed. Be the Difference.

Join more than seven hundred Marquette graduates in theology sharing their knowledge throughout the world. Apply to Marquette's M.A.C.D. program today!


Theology Department Mission Statement

Theology Department Mission Statement

Marquette University defines itself as Christian, Catholic, Jesuit, urban, and independent. The Department of Theology functions within the university to investigate and understand the Catholic tradition, its relation to other Christian communions, and to other religions of the world. Read more of our mission statement.